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  • Wikipedia founder tackles fake news with Wikitribune

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a project aimed at reshaping the news media - and tackling the scourge of misinformation - using the same collaborative principles as the revolutionary online encyclopedia...

    Wikitribune will rely on a broad online community of journalists and readers as fact checkers, a crowdsourcing model pioneered in the “wiki” system behind Wikipedia...

  • Turkey blocks Wikipedia without explanation

    Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog (BTK) said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security...

    The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup...

  • Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over ‘terror’ claims

    ISTANBUL: Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wik­ipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the latest restriction on a popular website to hit Turkish users...

    Turkey’s Information and Com­munication Tech­nologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia...

  • Traffic to Wikipedia terrorism entries plunged after Snowden revelations, study finds

    SAN FRANCISCO: Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarising knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 per cent after revelations of widespread web monitoring by the US National Security Agency (NSA), suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information...

    A forthcoming paper in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal analyses the fall in traffic, arguing that it...

  • Wikipedia 'protects' Maryam Nawaz's page after vandalism attempts

    The protection level of the Wikipedia page of Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by an accountability court on Friday in the Avenfield properties reference, was changed to semi-protected on Saturday following repeated attempts to vandalise the page...

    The revision history of Maryam's page shows that users on Friday attempted to add words like criminal and 'chor' [thief] to her information and also tried...

  • ‘Partition unleashed violence against minorities in India and Pakistan’

    KARACHI: Picking up from where she left off six years ago Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar said when she finished working on her book, The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories, she didn’t want to work on anything related to Partition...

    “I almost sometimes wish we had another word for this experience called Partition — something that would allow us, like what the Palestinians call Nakba...

  • ‘Space for religious minorities in Pakistan shrinking’

    ISLAMABAD: The National Interfaith Working Group established by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday where it discussed the facilitation of interfaith dialogue and collective advocacy, awareness and action to protect the fundamental rights of religious minorities...

    During the meeting, members of civil society, the media, government and political parties discussed the group’s future...

  • States urged to ensure rights, security of minorities

    He was speaking at a two-day conference on “Role of Judiciary in Enforcing Human Rights in South Asia” organized by South Asia Partnership (SAP) and Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research (PILER) at a local hotel on Saturday...

    Delegations from India and Pakistan participated in the conference while jurists, legal experts, intellectuals and civil society representatives also graced the occasion...

  • SC seeks report from Balochistan, KP on minorities’ rights

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court directed advocates general of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday to submit reports on steps taken for welfare of minorities and also a plan for their security...

    Khawaja and comprising Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Qazi Faez Isa also ordered the two provinces to file a progress report on implementation of its decision of June 19 last year...

  • Tragic to see hate speech against minorities in NA: Ahsan Iqbal on Capt Safdar's tirade

    Following retired Capt Muhammad Safdar's diatribe in the National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he attacked the persecuted Ahmadi community, reactions from political parties — including Safdar's own PML-N — have been slow and scarce...

    Safdar, who is former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law, had launched a vociferous attack against the Ahmadi community, describing them as a “threat to this country” and demanding that its...

  • Powerful bodies suggested to protect minorities rights

    KARACHI: Hate crime, violence and discrimination against religious minorities have increased manifold in recent years and there is a dire need to set up autonomous commissions with judicial powers at the federal and provincial levels to protect their rights, said participants in a meeting held at a local hotel on Thursday...

    The meeting organised by South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-PK) was meant to record the feedback of lawyers,...

  • Govt asked to set up commission on minorities’ rights

    PESHAWAR: A civil society organisation has urged the government to set up a commission under the National and provincial assemblies to raise voice for the minorities of the country...

    Speaking at a consultative session entitled ‘Consultation and sharing meeting with mediapersons’ held here on Thursday, South Asia Partnership (SAP) coordinator for minorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahida Shah said minorities faced discrimination for...

  • ‘Minorities, their supporters being systematically silenced’

    ISLAMABAD: “In Pakistan, the space available to minority groups, marginalised communities and progressives is continuously shrinking and those human rights’ activists who support such groups are also being targeted and silenced now...

    ”This is how journalist Wajahat Masood opened a roundtable discussion on ‘Religious Minorities and Freedom of Expression in Pakistan’...

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